Gout Prevalence High in CKD Patients

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PHILADELPHIA—Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a relatively high prevalence of gout compared with the general population, according to data presented at Kidney Week 2011.

In a study of 1,827 patients hospitalized between 2009 and 2010 at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio, Erdal Sarac, MD, of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, and collaborators found that 251 of them (13.7%) had gout. Gout was significantly more prevalent among male than female patients (59.8% vs. 40.2%). Hyperlipidemia was significantly more common in CKD patients with gout than without gout (46.2% vs. 38.7%). Diabetes mellitus was significantly more common in CKD patients without gout than with gout (36.3% vs. 29.8%). Only 65% of CKD patients with gout received treatment in accordance with guidelines established by the European League Against Rheumatism.

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